Natasha Lomas

Natasha Lomas

Senior Reporter

Natasha is a senior reporter for TechCrunch, joining September 2012, based in Europe. She joined TC after a stint reviewing smartphones for CNET UK and, prior to that, more than five years covering business technology for silicon.com (now folded into TechRepublic), where she focused on mobile and wireless, telecoms & networking, and IT skills issues. She has also freelanced for organisations including The Guardian and the BBC. Natasha holds a First Class degree in English from Cambridge University, and an MA in journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

The Latest from Natasha Lomas

Amazon faces more antitrust scrutiny in UK and Germany

More antitrust scrutiny for Amazon in Europe: The U.K.’s antitrust watchdog has opened an investigation into Amazon’s marketplace on the same day Germany’s regulator has confirmed it

Delivery Hero and Glovo targeted for EU antitrust inspection

Delivery Hero and Glovo have been targeted for antitrust inspections in the European Union. The European Commission announced today that it has carried out unannounced inspections of a number of onlin

UK could force E2E encrypted platforms to do CSAM-scanning

The U.K. government has tabled an amendment to the Online Safety Bill that could put it on a collision course with end-to-end encryption. It’s proposing to give the incoming internet regulator,

European parliament backs ‘historic’ reboot to EU’s digital rulebook

The European Parliament has given a final stamp of approval to two major pieces of regulation which will update the EU’s rules for digital businesses. The Digital Markets Act (DMA) will introduc

Pina Earth gets seed backing to grow sustainable forestry carbon credits

YC-backed climate tech startup Pina Earth has closed a $2.5 million seed round of funding a year after being founded and a few months since it presented at the accelerator’s Winter 2022 Demo Day

Ultrahuman busts out a smart ring to decode metabolic health

Indian fitness platform Ultrahuman is expanding its wearable portfolio by launching a smart ring to boost its ability to provide tech loving ‘biohackers’ — and, it hopes, health-conc

Meta is pulling the plug on its crypto payments wallet, Novi

Three years after Facebook announced its ill-fated push into cryptocurrency, aka the Libra project, the tech giant has signalled another scaling back of its activity — announcing Friday that Nov

Amazon agrees to drop Prime cancellation ‘dark patterns’ in Europe

Amazon has agreed to simplify the process required for cancelling its Prime membership subscription service across its sites in the European Union, both on desktop and mobile interfaces, following a s

Crypto traceability and market rules agreed by EU lawmakers

European Union lawmakers have agreed to a way forward on regulating crypto — covering the traceability of crypto assets being traded in the bloc and wider market rules, to protect against market

European Union keeps mobile roaming fees at bay for another decade

Five years ago, the European Union passed rules which largely ended mobile roaming fees for citizens traveling with their devices across borders within the bloc. Today lawmakers are reupping the regul

Google’s ‘deceptive’ account sign-up process targeted with GDPR complaints

Consumer rights groups in Europe have filed a new series of privacy complaints against Google — accusing the advertising giant of deceptive design around the account creation process that they say s

Europe proposes ban on flavored vapes

European Union lawmakers are proposing to ban flavored heated tobacco products — a category that covers vaping — in a move they say is intended to protect the health of young people after

UK urgently needs new laws on use of biometrics, warns review

An independent review of UK legislation has concluded the country urgently needs new laws to govern the use of biometric technologies and called for the government to come forward with primary legisla

Social care SaaS maker Birdie tops up with $30M

Birdie, a U.K.-based caretech software-as-a-service maker, has closed a $30 million Series B funding round led by investment firm Sofina, with Omers Ventures and Index Ventures also participating &#82

Uh oh! European carriers are trying to get into ‘personalized’ ad targeting

As Google works on reconfiguring its adtech stack to move away from cookie-based ad targeting to something else that’s not yet fixed but which it claims will be better for individual web users&#

Italy’s data watchdog latest to warn over use of Google Analytics

Another strike against use of Google Analytics in Europe: The Italian data protection authority has found a local web publisher’s use of the popular analytics tool to be non-compliant with EU da

After EU child safety complaints, TikTok tweaks ad disclosures but profiling concerns remain

A long-running EU engagement with TikTok — initiated following a series of complaints over child safety and consumer protection complaints filed back in February 2021 — has ended, for now,

This Ukrainian deep tech startup has trained an AI to paint war art

A Ukrainian deep tech startup is launching a charity NFT project to sell AI-generated artworks with the twin goal of raising money to support people affected by Russia’s war of aggression and al

Google drops appeal against €500M antitrust news licensing fine

Google has quietly dropped its appeal in France against an antitrust fine of half a billion euros levied against it last summer for major breaches in how it negotiated to remunerate local news publish

Google Maps restrictions trigger competition scrutiny in Germany

Germany’s competition regulator is looking into possible abuses related to how Google operates its Maps product. It’s the latest proceeding the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) has opened again
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